Unsurprisingly, the Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) board is recommending shareholders vote against a proposal requesting the institution of a substantial dividend. "Whereas the corporation has more money than it needs, and since the owners unlike Warren Buffett are not multibillionaires, the board shall consider paying a meaningful annual dividend on the shares."
"Our shareholders are far wealthier today than they would be if the funds we used for acquisitions had instead been devoted to share repurchases or dividends," responds the board.
Warren Buffett has previously said he would consider a payout only when he runs of places to invest, which, according to his annual letter, he's not close to.
In other news, Warren Buffett's compensation rose 15% to $485,606 in 2013, though his salary remained at $100K. More importantly, what was The Oracle's tax rate?